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 for Terra Japonica
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gambier \Gam"bier\, n. [Malayan.]
     (a) The inspissated juice of a plant ({Uncaria Gambir)
         growing in Malacca. It is a powerful astringent, and,
         under the name of Terra Japonica, is used for chewing
         with the Areca nut, and is exported for tanning and
     (b) Catechu. [Written also gambeer and gambir.]
         [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Terra \Ter"ra\, n. [It. & L. See Terrace.]
     The earth; earth.
     [1913 Webster]
     Terra alba [L., white earth] (Com.), a white amorphous
        earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium
        silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as
        magnesia. It is sometimes used to adulterate certain
        foods, spices, candies, paints, etc.
     Terra cotta. [It., fr. terra earth + cotta, fem. of cotto
        cooked, L. coctus, p. p. of coquere to cook. See Cook,
        n.] Baked clay; a kind of hard pottery used for statues,
        architectural decorations, figures, vases, and the like.
     Terrae filius [L., son of the earth], formerly, one
        appointed to write a satirical Latin poem at the public
        acts in the University of Oxford; -- not unlike the
        prevaricator at Cambridge, England.
     Terra firma [L.], firm or solid earth, as opposed to
     Terra Japonica. [NL.] Same as Gambier. It was formerly
        supposed to be a kind of earth from Japan.
     Terra Lemnia [L., Lemnian earth], Lemnian earth. See under
     Terra ponderosa [L., ponderous earth] (Min.), barite, or
        heavy spar.
     Terra di Sienna. See Sienna.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Catechu \Cat"e*chu\, n. [See Cashoo.] (Chem.)
     A dry, brown, astringent extract, obtained by decoction and
     evaporation from the Acacia catechu, and several other
     plants growing in India. It contains a large portion of
     tannin or tannic acid, and is used in medicine and in the
     arts. It is also known by the names terra japonica,
     cutch, gambier, etc. --Ure. --Dunglison.
     [1913 Webster]

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